Auburn’s Biggio Center hosts Mobile Summer Institute

Published: August 28, 2023

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Over the course of four days in July, more than 50 Auburn faculty members from various College of Sciences and Mathematics disciplines gathered with Mobile Summer Institute, or MoSI, experts to implement student-centered learning strategies designed to increase engagement and learning. Held in the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex in partnership with The Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning with funding support from the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, instruction technology was seamlessly incorporated to redesign and enhance course content. Collaboration and constructive feedback were welcomed as faculty members from diverse backgrounds instructed each other in classroom format presentations utilizing the new techniques and technologies workshopped in previous days.

Originating from the National Institute on Scientific Teaching’s Summer Institutes, MoSI's address the unique challenges in teaching STEM courses at the college and university level by empowering faculty with evidence-based strategies to refine instruction techniques, encouraging active problem-solving and discussion. MoSIs result in faculty equipped to continue in self and peer review, allowing for continued professional development after the workshop’s end.

Executive Director for the Biggio Center, Asim Ali, is grateful for the partnership of the College of Science and Mathematics, or COSAM, and welcomes future partnerships across campus.

“MoSI is one of the ways the Biggio Center is partnering with COSAM faculty and administrators to elevate pedagogical innovation in STEM education at Auburn,” said Ali. “Success of events like MoSI is possible because of COSAM and Biggio’s shared commitment to enhancing student learning.”

The Biggio Center plans to host another MoSI in the summer of 2024. In the meantime, Auburn faculty and graduate teaching assistants can take advantage of the many resources offered by the Biggio Center by visiting their website.

Submitted by: Audrey Matthews Lowry